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Gov’t Stops Study Seeking to Prevent Type of Stroke

May 14, 2013 11:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government has halted a study testing treatments for a brain condition that can cause strokes after early results suggested invasive therapies were riskier than previously thought. The condition involves a kind of tangle in the brain called an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM. Arteries and veins grow knotted together until eventually some of them burst, causing a bleeding stroke.

Why Medtech Startups Are Moving to Ireland

May 13, 2013 2:33 pm | by Eddie Goodwin, Manager, Boston Office, Enterprise Ireland | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that getting a medical device to market can be a lengthy, frustrating process. Facing the new medical device excise tax and lack of clarity from the FDA around regulatory policies, medtech startups are now starting to rethink launching in the U.S.

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd Announces Addition Of Dublin, Ireland Based European Subsidiary

May 10, 2013 7:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Life Care Medical Devices Ltd (OTCBB:LCMD) today announced the opening of their European subsidiary offices in Dublin, Ireland.  Life Care Medical Devices Ltd, Ireland will manage all aspects of the company's European business. "With a strong, solid history in the medical device arena,...

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From Wireless Age to Consumer Age

May 8, 2013 11:54 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Wireless healthcare is upon us. Each day, it seems more devices and technology are becoming untethered or new capabilities are being added to wireless devices. No longer are the applications of wireless devices limited to patient monitoring, but rather an array of therapies are now available for treating patients at home or even on the go.

The Brain-Gut Connection: A Link Between Depression and Common Hospital-Acquired Infection

May 7, 2013 11:47 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Adults with depression and who receive certain types of anti-depressants have an increased risk of developing Clostridium difficile, a costly and serious hospital-associated infection, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study.

The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Blogs | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

Researchers Reveal More Precise Method of Performing Electroconvulsive Therapy

May 6, 2013 11:06 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Electroconvulsive therapy is the most effective acute treatment for severe major depression. However, even with newer forms of ECT, there remains a significant risk of adverse cognitive effects, particularly memory problems. Current theories hold that the regions that need to be stimulated to treat the depression are different and separate from the regions that result in memory problems.

Epilepsy Cured in Mice Using Brain Cells

May 6, 2013 10:26 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

UCSF scientists controlled seizures in epileptic mice with a one-time transplantation of medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) cells, which inhibit signaling in overactive nerve circuits, into the hippocampus, a brain region associated with seizures, as well as with learning and memory.

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Turning Human Stem Cells into Brain Cells Sheds Light on Neural Development

May 3, 2013 9:52 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Medical researchers have manipulated human stem cells into producing types of brain cells known to play important roles in neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, schizophrenia and autism. The new model cell system allows neuroscientists to investigate normal brain development, as well as to identify specific disruptions in biological signals that may contribute to neuropsychiatric diseases.

Gentle Touch and the Bionic Eye

May 2, 2013 12:20 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Normal vision is essentially a spatial sense that often relies upon touch and movement during and after development, there is often a correlation between how an object looks and how it feels. Moreover, as a child's senses develop, there is cross-referencing between the various senses.

Study Demonstrates Significant Pain Reduction with DFINE Star Tumor Ablation System in Spinal Metastases

May 1, 2013 4:40 pm | by DFINE, Inc. | News | Comments

DFINE, Inc., the developer of minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) targeted therapies for the treatment of vertebral pathologies, released study results highlighting the clinical benefits of advanced Targeted-Radiofrequency Ablation™ (t-RFA) therapy for the management of patients experiencing painful spinal lesions.

MD&M East 2013

April 30, 2013 4:30 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

The newly reformatted MD&M East four day conference running alongside the tradeshow, covers everything you need to know from concept development to supplier management, giving you the essential updates to successfully management every step in the product development efficiently and cost effectively.

Georgia Tech Students Working to Improve Parkinson’s Patients’ Lives

April 30, 2013 10:33 am | News | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology bioengineering PhD student Teresa Sanders was working with Emory University Parkinson’s Disease specialists, and received an eZ430-Chronos watch from TI. She had a thought: A watch with an accelerometer could measure limb tremors and be paired with other tools to assess patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Advancing Emergency Care for Kids: Emergency Physicians Do It Again

April 29, 2013 11:50 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

WASHINGTON , April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most children with isolated skull fractures may not need to stay in the hospital, which finding has the potential to save the health care system millions of dollars a year ("Isolated Skull Fractures: Trends in Management in U.S. Pediatric Emergency Departments").  In addition, a new device more accurately estimates children's we...

Monteris® Medical First-In-Humans Trial Published

April 29, 2013 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PLYMOUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 29, 2013--Monteris Medical announced that their First-In-Humans clinical trial with the NeuroBlate ® System for neurosurgical ablation has been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. This study was a thermal dose-escalation trial to assess the safety and...

athenahealth Hosts Health Care Hack-a-Thon

April 29, 2013 8:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, in partnership with MIT's H@cking Medicine, invites the health care, technology and scientific communities to participate in a Hack-a-Thon on May 4 and 5 at athenahealth's headquarters in Watertown, Mass.

Energy Efficient Brain Simulator Outperforms Supercomputers

April 26, 2013 11:02 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

In November 2012, IBM announced that it had used the Blue Gene/Q Sequoia supercomputer to achieve an unprecedented simulation of more than 530 billion neurons. The Blue Gene/Q Sequoia accomplished this feat thanks to its blazing fast speed; it clocks in at over 16 quadrillion calculations per second.

Binge Eating Curbed by Deep Brain Stimulation in Animal Model

April 25, 2013 10:57 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a precise region of the brain appears to reduce caloric intake and prompt weight loss in obese animal models, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, reported in the Journal of Neuroscience, reinforces the involvement of dopamine deficits in increasing obesity-related behaviors such as binge eating...

Gone, but Not Forgotten

April 23, 2013 10:30 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

An international team of neuroscientists has described in exhaustive detail the underlying neurobiology of an amnesiac who suffered from profound memory loss after damage to key portions of his brain. EP's story is strikingly similar to the more famous case of HM, who also suffered permanent, dramatic memory loss after small portions of his medial temporal lobes were removed by doctors in 1953 to relieve severe epileptic seizures.

Atrophy in Key Region of Brain Associated with Multiple Sclerosis

April 23, 2013 10:22 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Magnetic resonance imaging measurements of atrophy in an important area of the brain are an accurate predictor of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. According to the researchers, these atrophy measurements offer an improvement over current methods for evaluating patients at risk for MS.

Man Undergoes Phrenic Nerve Surgery to Relieve Shortness of Breath, Hopes to Celebrate Recovery by Running a Marathon

April 23, 2013 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SHREWSBURY, N.J., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kurt Matthewson went out for his typical run one morning, and quite suddenly, felt shortness of breath and was unable to continue. When the problem persisted he went to a specialist, who administered tests revealing the left side of...

Making Sense of Medical Sensors

April 23, 2013 9:19 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

With the recent launch of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT News examines research with the potential to reshape medicine and health care through new scientific knowledge, novel treatments and products, better management of medical data, and improvements in health-care delivery.

Regaining Lost Brain Function

April 23, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

How do you make an electronic brain prosthesis that could restore a person’s ability to form long-term memories? Recent experiments by Theodore Berger and his colleagues, including Sam Deadwyler at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, have begun to describe how it might be done.

Meeting the FDA’s Mandates for Unique Device Identification

April 22, 2013 2:22 pm | by Hiroshi Ono, Group Product Manager, Roland DGA Corp. | Roland DGA Corporation | Articles | Comments

The FDA’s UDI rule is on its way and will impact virtually everyone in the industry in one way or another. While the rule has its benefits, getting to compliance will not be achieved overnight. This article provides an overview of the direct part marking technologies required to comply with the UDI rule and offers a solution that addresses the shortcomings of several other technologies.

The Malware Threat

April 22, 2013 2:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

When my mother tells me that her computer is running slow and she needs me to “clean it up” for her, I never imagined the day she might be calling about the same problem with a medical device. While I’d obviously not have the same access to it that I have on a computer, it does reflect a scary situation in medical device technology today.

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